Last week, the Daily Show headed to Tampa, Florida, for some action. No, I don't mean that they went to strip clubs (although correspondent Jason Jones totally did). They were covering the Republican National Convention, the event which saw speeches given by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, veep nominee Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, and many other prominent figureheads of the Republican party. Naturally, The Daily Show made fun of them all, wondering if RNC head Reince Priebus was drunk (former RNC head Michael Steele speculated that he was on meds), and wandering the convention floor asking delegates about their rather hypocritical views on women's rights.
Oh, and Clint Eastwood talked to a chair. That might have been mentioned.
But amidst all the humor, Stewart actually had some fairly engaging discussions with Republican figures such as Florida senator Marco Rubio and Michael Steele (I won't call Stewart's chat with Herman Cain "engaging," but it was awesome). Stewart's extended conversations with Rubio and Steele over policy made for some of the best, most serious political coverage I've seen in the election so far, and made me wonder why we don't just have the fairly moderate Stewart head up some of the presidential debates.
You can expect the chuckles to continue when Stewart and crew head to Charlotte, North Carolina tonight to cover the Democratic National Convention. There will be plenty of jokes made about Joe Biden being crazy (and he is crazy), undoubtedly.
Stewart's guest tonight isn't quite as involved with the party those were last week, though there should be some interesting discourse nonetheless. Tonight's guest is news anchor Tom Brokaw, with whom Stewart will likely discuss (and criticize) the press's coverage of the conventions. Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand will get things back on the purely political track as the guest Wednesday night, while the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, Austan Goolsbee, will be on hand Thursday night. No guest is slotted for Friday's show, which likely means that the final segment will feature the show saying goodbye to Charlotte.
Will you be watching tonight's show?